March 18, 2018

Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2017-18

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2018 (except where noted); I will move the list to the front at various intervals as new additions come in.   (Recent additions are in bold.)  Last year's list is here.  Feel free to e-mail me with news of additions to this list.


*Kerry Abrams (immigration law, family law) from the University of Virginia to Duke University (to become Dean).


*Richard Albert (constitutional law, comparative constitutional law) from Boston College to the University of Texas, Austin (effective January 2018).


*Albertina Antognini (family law, property) from the University of Kentucky to the University of Arizona (untenured lateral).


*Joshua Blank (tax) from a professor of practice position at New York University to the University of California, Irvine.


*Khaled A. Beydoun (constitutional law, civil rights, torts) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law to the University of of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  


 *Binyamin Blum (legal history, evidence, criminal procedure) from Hebrew University, Jerusalem to the University of California Hastings (effective spring 2018) (untenured lateral). 


*Jeremy Bock (intellectual property, civil procedure) from the University of Memphis to Tulane University (untenured lateral).


*William Boyd (environmental law, energy law) from the University of Colorado, Boulder to the University of California, Los Angeles.


*Samuel Bray (remedies, property, constitutional law) from the University of California, Los Angeles to the University of Notre Dame.


*Stewart Chang (family law, comparative law) from Whittier Law School to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


*Frank Rudy Cooper (criminal procedure, civil rights, race, gender & law) from Suffolk University to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


*Diane Desierto (public and private international law) from the University of Hawaii to the University of Notre Dame (School of International Affairs).


*Victor Fleischer (tax, corporate law) from the University of San Diego to the University of California, Irvine.


*Nuno Garoupa (law and economics, comparative law) from Texas A&M University to George Mason University.


*Brandon Garrett (criminal procedure, civil rights) from the University of Virginia to Duke University.


*Andrew Gold (private law theory, fiduciary law, corporate) from DePaul University to Brooklyn Law School.


*Robert Jackson, Jr. (corporate law) from Columbia University to New York University (though he will be on leave initially while serving on the SEC).


*Kristin Johnson (financial markets, corporate) from Seton Hall University to Tulane University.


*Orin Kerr (criminal procedure, computer crime law) from George Washington University to the University of Southern California (effective January 2018).  


*Rebecca Kysar (tax) from Brooklyn Law School to Fordham University.


*Jill Wieber Lens (torts, products liability, remedies) from Baylor University to the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (effective January 2018).


*Sheldon Bernard Lyke, (property, trusts & estates, critical race theory) from Whittier Law School to Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law (untenured lateral)


*Jeremy R. McClane (corporate, securities, commercial law) from the University of Connecticut to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (untenured lateral).


*Justin McCrary (law & economics, empirical legal studies, corporate) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University.


*Curtis Milhaupt (Japanese law, East Asian legal system comparative corporate governance) from  Columbia University to Stanford University (effective January 2018). 

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March 18, 2018 in Faculty News | Permalink

March 04, 2018

40 Most Important Contributors to American Legal Thought since 1945

We did a related poll nearly a decade ago, and I've taken pointers from that one in constituting the list of candidates here (though this one covers a shorter time span).  I also consulted lists of the most cited legal scholars and the most cited articles in compiling the list.  For living faculty, only those 60 or older in 2018 were included.  Have fun!   Some figures straddle the pre- and post-1945 period, but you may consider the impact of their pre-1945 work on American legal thought since then.

SINS OF OMISSION from the poll include Thomas Merrill, Martin Redish, Martha Fineman, and Janet Halley, among others that have been called to my attention.  Others complain that there are too many choices!

UPDATE:  A number of readers complained that more than 100 choices was too many, and is clearly discouraging people from participating, so I've shut it down.  I may try again, perhaps breaking this into more discreet areas of legal scholarship or even more discreet time periods.  Thanks to all who voted, and thanks to those who sent feedback.

March 4, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

February 23, 2018

Brooklyn Law School Professor Alex Stein named to the Israeli Supreme Court!

The BLS news release.

February 23, 2018 in Faculty News | Permalink

February 13, 2018

The UVA pipeline of female Deans of elite law schools

A FB friend pointed out the remarkable pattern of recent years:  women who began their careers as tenure-track law professors at the University of Virginia, and are now Deans of leading law schools.  They are Kerry Abrams (newly appointed Dean at Duke), Risa Goluboff (Dean at UVA), Liz Magill (Dean at Stanford), and Jennifer Mnookin (Dean at UCLA).  I guess other leading law schools will know where to look in their next Dean search!

February 13, 2018 in Faculty News | Permalink

February 02, 2018

A new Dean for Duke

Kerry Abrams from UVA.  She succeeds David Levi, who left the federal bench to become Dean at Duke eleven years ago; I think it's fair to say Duke flourished under Judge Levi's stewardship.

February 2, 2018 in Faculty News | Permalink

January 15, 2018

Greenberg vs. Dershowitz on whether Trump can obstruct justice

The always awful Alan Dershowitz has been all over the media arguing that Trump can't obstruct justice; Mark Greenberg (UCLA) here takes the argument apart.

January 15, 2018 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 08, 2018

SSRN download rankings now measure mentions in newspapers

The top 11 "most downloaded" law authors in the last 12 months are eleven tax professors who co-authored two papers on the recent tax overhaul, which garnered a prominent mention in The New York Times, leading to more than 70,000 downloads in the last month.  For 10 of these 11 tax professors, these two NYT-plugged papers constitute 95% or more of all their downloads.  The traditional #1 in downloads among law professors, Cass Sunstein, is now a mere 12th!  This has happened before with SSRN, but usually involving one author (e.g., Christopher Fairman, or Daniel Solove).   Farewell to SSRN downloads as a metric of any interest for at least a year!

January 8, 2018 in Faculty News, Legal Humor, Rankings | Permalink

December 21, 2017

Interim Dean Song Richardson at UC Irvine named Dean

Her colleague Rick Hasen has the news.

December 21, 2017 in Faculty News | Permalink

November 30, 2017

Law review articles influencing the Supreme Court

Articles by Matt Tokson (Utah), Will Baude (Chicago), and James Stern (William & Mary) were influencing the Justices yesterday when Carpenter was argued at SCOTUS; my colleague Lior Strahilevitz has the details

November 30, 2017 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 03, 2017

Top 20 U.S. law faculties in terms of scholarly excellence, 2017 edition

So with a bit more than 160 votes over the last 48 hours, here are the results for the poll that presented evaluators with faculty names, rather than simply school names:

1. Yale University  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Harvard University  loses to Yale University by 77–67
3. University of Chicago  loses to Yale University by 118–32, loses to Harvard University by 127–21
4. New York University  loses to Yale University by 122–28, loses to University of Chicago by 79–60
5. Stanford University  loses to Yale University by 121–29, loses to New York University by 73–65
6. Columbia University  loses to Yale University by 126–21, loses to Stanford University by 85–56
7. University of California, Berkeley loses to Yale University by 137–15, loses to Columbia University by 113–29
8. University of Pennsylvania loses to Yale University by 140–9, loses to University of California, Berkeley by 74–62
9. University of Virginia loses to Yale University by 138–9, loses to University of Pennsylvania by 75–55
10. University of Michigan loses to Yale University by 140–9, loses to University of Virginia by 69–52
11. Duke University loses to Yale University by 144–6, loses to University of Michigan by 78–49
12. Northwestern University loses to Yale University by 142–8, loses to Duke University by 67–62
13. Georgetown University loses to Yale University by 140–10, loses to Northwestern University by 70–63
14. Cornell University loses to Yale University by 144–5, loses to Georgetown University by 71–63
15. University of California, Los Angeles loses to Yale University by 141–9, loses to Cornell University by 66–61
16. University of Texas, Austin  loses to Yale University by 144–4, loses to University of California, Los Angeles by 74–49
17. Vanderbilt University loses to Yale University by 139–6, loses to University of Texas by 77–41
18. University of Southern California loses to Yale University by 141–6, loses to Vanderbilt University by 67–54
19. George Washington University  loses to Yale University by 138–11, loses to University of Southern California by 81–43
20. University of California, Irvine loses to Yale University by 143–6, loses to George Washington University by 70–57
Runner-up (essentially tied with UC Irvine):  University of Minnesota loses to Yale University by 141–7, loses to University of California, Irvine by 62–56


Now compared to earlier Condorcet Internet polls I've run here, which just presented school names, this survey did seem to have some minor impact on muting the U.S. News effect:  e.g., Stanford dropped from third to fifth, while NYU easily bested Columbia.  I may try to put together another such poll for schools in the 21-30 range, say--perhaps next week. 








November 3, 2017 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink